Oglethorpe County, Georgia Genealogy

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Guide to Oglethorpe County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Oglethorpe County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Oglethorpe County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded 19 December, 1793
County Seat Lexington
Address Oglethorpe County Courthouse
PO Box 261
Lexington, GA 30648-0261
Phone: 706.743.5270
Oglethorpe County Website

County Courthouse

Oglethorpe County Courthouse
PO Box 261
Lexington, GA 30648-0261
Phone: 706.743.5270

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and burial records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1794[1]

Beginning Dates for Oglethorpe County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



Parent County

1793--Oglethorpe County was created 19 December 1793 from Wilkes County. County seat: Lexington [2]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

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Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

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African Americans

Bible Records



Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.



Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Oglethorpe County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.




Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Oglethorpe County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Oglethorpe County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 6th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 8th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Oglethorpe County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online..

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia.

  • 1875-1876 - Oglethorpe County Birth Index Books 1, 2, and D 1875-1876. Batch C713471 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1794-1877 - Oglethorpe County Marriage Books 2 and D Index 1794-1877. Batch M713474 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1829-1902 - Oglethorpe County Marriage Index 1829-1902. Batch M713473 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1854-1874 - Oglethorpe County Marriage Index 1854-1874. Batch M713472 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1873-1891 - Oglethorpe County Marriage Books B thru D Index 1873-1891. Batch M713476 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1891-1897 - Oglethorpe County Marriage Book E Index 1891-1897. Batch M713475 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Marriages from Newspapers, 1885-1886
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Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Page 159 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.